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Jul

Notes on Training to Live a Zen-Inspired Life

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Essentials

We face a complexity of issues today: challenges in the workplace; rising individualism and materialism; broken families and communities; an increasing divide between rich and poor, climate change and the list goes on.

Beneath all these challenges lies a most fundamental question and solution for Disciples of The Buddha-Way:

What does it mean to live the Buddha-Dharma? To Live a “Zen-Inspired Life”?

Bullet Points

  • Ordinary people choosing to live extraordinary lives.
  • A “way-of-being” is not the same as a “way-of-living”.
  • “Theravadin teacher Achaan Chah once remarked that the Buddha-Dharma has three aspects: dana or (giving), sila or (precepts), and bbavana or (cultivation or meditation training). But when Westerners come to practice, they are not interested in giving or in precepts.” – “Being Upright” by Reb Anderson Roshi
  • “By a certain sure instinct the ancients regarded Truth (Dharma) less as a gift bestowed than an inherent knowledge (Wisdom) to be realized. For those who have the hunger and the discipline the Truth is as clear as sunlight, and for those who have neither, the Truth would still be foreign even if it was shouted from the highest mountain. Awareness of Truth (Dharma) is dependent upon the wholehearted effort of the individual and his or her willingness to discipline themselves fit to know It. The ancient saying applies here, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears. Another saying equally applies, “The mind sees only what the heart is looking for.”
    – Seijaku Roshi
  • “Fitness for the Truth (Dharma) cannot be conferred; it must be developed.” 
 – Joseph Fort Newton
  • The teachings whether taught by The Ancients or Modern Spiritual Teachers is less a doctrine than it is a discipline; a method of organized spiritual culture well-honed over centuries and proven to work.
  • “The singular and exclusive objective of Zen-Training and Living a Zen-Inspired Life is the awareness of that Living Truth (Dharma) which pervades the whole Universe and once attained — the fulfillment of every human need. This awareness is realized only when it has becomes a person’s heart; the reigning reality of his or her thought; the inspiration of his or her actions, the very Being-Nature of his or her life.”
    – Seijaku Roshi

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27
Jul

Hope for Humanity

Mother and Child“The single most important task we have in our lifetime is to cultivate the ground of our very being.  That being, our inherent capacity to love seamlessly, unconditionally, with a profound sense of responsibility to end suffering for ourselves and others.  We must be about the business of opening our hearts to become intimate with the suffering we encounter rather than to avoid it or avert it.  When we do we will discover a natural response which in itself is our only path back to each other and the whole of Nature.” 

– Seijaku Roshi

Throughout time the greatest changes in human history have come when mankind listened to and responded to the voice of suffering.  When we are willing to drop all pretense and every effort to impress ourselves and others as to how tough we are, we are left with the only truth that can set us free, and that Truth is that, just like the planets and the stars each of us without exception are made of the stuff of creation and that stuff is Love. 

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